Half-Navajo geologist Jamie Waterman has been selected for the ground team of the first manned expedition to our mysterious neighbor planet. Joining an international team of astronauts and scientists, he endures the rigors of training, the dangers of traveling an incredible distance in space, the challenges of an alien landscape, and the personal and political conflicts that arise when the team must face the most shocking discovery of all.
©1992 Ben Bova; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"A bulging, impressive, all-you-ever-wanted-to-know, you-are-there Martian odyssey." (Kirkus Reviews)
I was sucked into the story line right away and wasn't able to put it down once I got started. The narrator's performance was equally awesome, making every character come to life with each its own voice and accent. Sublime. I was so disappointed I reached the last chapter, just to find out there are two follow-on books. Made my day! Recommended A++.
It was incredibly hard for me to listen to this story from the POV of a Navajo trying to reclaim his roots. People need to get the culture down before putting their main character in it. Most irritating was the assumption of the coming of age "ceremony?". It would have been for a girl at menarch.Iy really would have been a better story without it..
Constantly good, never immensely excellent, but Bova is always good
I listened to sam gunn...venus and mars.
sam gunn was funnier. but all have nice sci-fy stuff in them
venus was more about the space travel which i like...mars more about the destination.
I would have to say sam gunn>>venus>mars
Space opera in the Arthur C Clarke tradition: impeccable science and high adventure. Lyric descriptions of Martian landscapes, death-defying heroes. Romance... but no sex, please!
I liked Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy immensely, and was a bit leery of anyone else trespassing. No need. Mars is fun!
I don't know how you make such a good subject such a boring read. The narrator did the accents very well and everything was very professional - but the book was sooo boring. Oh well.
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